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Losing Isaiah (1995)

R | | Drama | 17 March 1995 (USA)
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The natural and adoptive mothers of a young boy are involved in a bitter, controversial custody battle.

Director:

Stephen Gyllenhaal

Writers:

Seth Margolis (novel), Naomi Foner (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Margaret Lewin
Halle Berry ... Khaila Richards
David Strathairn ... Charles Lewin
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Eddie Hughes
Daisy Eagan ... Hannah Lewin
Marc John Jefferies ... Isaiah
Samuel L. Jackson ... Kadar Lewis
Joie Lee ... Marie
Regina Taylor ... Gussie
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Caroline Jones (as LaTanya Richardson)
Jacqueline Brookes Jacqueline Brookes ... Judge Silbowitz
Donovon Ian H. McKnight Donovon Ian H. McKnight ... Amir
Rikkia A. Smith Rikkia A. Smith ... Josie
Paulette McDaniels Paulette McDaniels ... Ethel
Velma Austin Velma Austin ... Rehab Leader
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Storyline

An African-American baby, abandoned by his crack addicted mother is adopted by a white social worker and her husband. Several years later, the baby's mother finds out her son is not dead, as she thought before and goes to court to get him back. Written by Cyndi Kessler <ckessler@hooked.net>

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Who decides what makes a mother?

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug related material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les chemins de l'amour See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,603,766

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$900,000
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally shot for television. See more »

Goofs

Khaila could not have known that Isaiah "liked to play with blocks", since she had not had him with her while he was growing up from infancy, and he'd always just sullenly moped around whenever he was at her apartment and never wanted to play or interact with the other children at day-care, so Khaila would never have seen Isaiah when he was truly just "at play" and thus learned what toys were his favorites. See more »

Quotes

Rehab Leader: [as Khaila suddenly bursts into tears] Khaila, what is it? What's wrong?
Khaila Richards: I killed him.
Rehab Leader: What?
Khaila Richards: My baby. I killed my baby. I threw him in the trash can.
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Soundtracks

Tastin' Love Again
by Derrick Patterson, Wyatt Jackson & Joshua Gen Rubin
Performed by Here and Now
Courtesy of Third Stone Records/Atlantic Recording Corp.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Movie with Heart
30 May 2005 | by drechanteuseSee all my reviews

Losing Isaiah is a movie that attempts to deal honestly with the issues of interracial adoption. Its portrayals are most always right on the mark. Halle Berry is almost unrecognizable (of course, her natural beauty gives her away) in the first part of the film. She is compelling as the "gone straight" crack addict that threw her son away. Jessica Lang gives a strong performance as the social worker who dotes on Isaiah to the point that she almost forgets her own daughter. The best part of this movie, however, is the ending, when love for the child pushes all other differences to the side. For all the movies that waste our time, this one helps to make up for it.


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